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Carmen
The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halevy, is based on a novella by Prosper Merimee. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died…
Cosi Fan Tutte
Aside from "Le nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni", Lorezo Da Ponte also wrote the libretto for "Cosi fan tutte", after a likely inspiration from a contemporary Viennese anecdote and Kaiser Joseph II himself. "Cosi fan tutte" had its grand…
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Satyagraha
The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in 1966 during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music…
Aida
Zubin Mehta conducts Aida, Verdi's most spectacular and over-the-top opera, in a new production from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Starring Marco Berti, Luciana D'Intino and Hui He. Verdi's Aida is one of the most popular operas of all…
The Mikado
A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love…
Monteverdi's L'orfeo
BBC
Jordi Savall brings this production to life on the stage of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Monteverdi's favola in musica, based on a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, is considered to be the first opera in history. In this exceptional performance,…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
Meredith Monk: Inner Voice
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater, films and installations. She has been proclaimed as a 'magician of the voice' and 'one of America's coolest composers.' During a career that spans more…
Master Qi and the Monkey King 
This beautifully realized documentary chronicles the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, one of the preeminent masters of Chinese Opera living in the United States. It is a story of ambition, love, the creative impulse and the struggle to…
Wagner & Me 
Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world's most controversial composer, but can he salvage Richard Wagner's music from its dark associations with anti-Semitism and Hitler? Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique…
Sacred Stage
Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Sacred Stage features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia's premier theater--the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov. Sacred Stage explores what the…
Guiseppe Verdi: Falstaff
There was a six-year pause after Otello before Verdi wrote his last opera Falstaff (1893), once more based on Shakespeare (from the c. 1600 comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and his history King Henry IV). He again collaborated with…
Puccini
Tony Palmer's feature, scripted by Charles Wood, dramatises the story which hit the Italian headlines in 1908, when Puccini was fifty. Robert Stephens plays Puccini, Virginia McKenna his wife, Elvira, and Judith Howarth the servant girl who, wrongly accused by…
An Opera from the Indian Ocean - Opera Singers Performing Contemporary Music
Based on historical facts, the African descendent and Reunion born Trules composed the opera Maraina, recounting the story of the first settlers of the Indian Ocean islands. Voyaging between Reunion, Madagascar and Paris, AN OPERA FROM THE INDIAN OCEAN traces…
Parsifal - Search for the Grail
Wagner's Parsifal is the most famous work to celebrate the search for the Holy Grail, an enduringly powerful symbol in Western culture. Focusing on a performance of the opera with Placido Domingo in the title role, Tony Palmer's film explores…
Fidelio
Don Florestan has been falsely imprisoned for threatening to expose the evil Don Pizarro. While he starves to death with other political prisoners his wife, Leonore tries to find him. She disguises herself as the young man, Fidelio, and wins…
Antoinette Halloran (Soprano) & John Pringle (Tenor)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Antoinette Halloran Antoinette Halloran is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre…
Seed of Sarah
A video collage of song and remembrance. The story is based on Judith Magyar Isaacson's highly acclaimed memoir recounting her real-life story as a young Hungarian girl growing up during the tumultuous years of WWII and the Holocaust. The film…
John Bolton-Wood (Baritone) & Sally Matthews
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
John Bolton-Wood Born, Australia. Music Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, London Opera Centre. Winner Green Room Awards, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Colonel Frank (Die Fledermaus), Major-General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe) OA repertoire: Alcindoro/Benoit (La boheme), Fra Melitone…
Die Liebe Der Danae
Richard Strauss completed his second-to-last opera "Die Liebe der Danae" in 1940. Written under war clouds, the "merry mythology" based on an idea by Hugo von Hofmannsthal was given a provisional, by-invitation-only dress rehearsal premiere at the 1944 Salzburg Festival…
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